Parkersburg, Buckhannon split
PARKERSBURG – Skipper Jim Goodwin’s Parkersburg Post 15 squad shook off a 14-13 opening game setback against Buckhannon Post 7 here Saturday afternoon at Bennett Stump Field and earned an American Legion split by winning game two in five innings, 16-1.
Jacob Braniff tossed a four-hit complete-game as Parkersburg scored six times in the first and cruised to an easy triumph. Case Edgar, who went 3 for 5 with five RBIs in the opener, drove in three runs as Post 15 improved to 5-2 and welcomes Beckley Post 32 to town for a 1 p.m. twinbill this afternoon.
Post 15 catcher Jordan Braniff went 3 for 3 and scored thrice in the victory, while teammate Devon Crews had a pair of runs-batted-in.
Luke Pudder worked 4 1-3 frames to earn the win in the opener for Buckhannon, which took advantage of seven Parkersburg errors. Dalton Crislip knocked in three runs and Brandon Newcomb went 4 for 4 in the triumph. Post 15, which trailed 13-4 before a seven-run sixth, received a solo home run from Paul Fichtelman. Clay Walters and Jordan Braniff combined to go 5 for 9 with five runs-batted-in.
Post 7, which was playing its first games of the year, watched starter Issac Kemper get chased before finishing the first inning in suffering the mound setback. Jordan Braniff, Adam McCray and Logan Dudley had an RBI apiece and Kemper was lifted after Edgar batted for the second time in the inning and delivered a two-run single to right.
Buckhannon scratched across its lone run in the top of the second when Tyler Shreeve singled and eventually scored after Crislip reached on an infield single and there was an infield error.
Although Post 15 was missing several regulars from the lineup, they got some solid defensive efforts in game two. In the third, Parkersburg’s Adam McCray robbed Corey Reed of a hit when he made a sliding catch in right. In the second, Crislip was gunned down at the plate for the third out of the frame when he tried to score on Kemper’s double to left. After Kemper hit his opposite field shot, Jeff Davis tracked down the ball and fired it to the shortstop Edgar, who threw a one-hopper to Jordan Braniff at the plate.
Post 15 scored twice in the second and added three in the third to take a commanding 11-1 advantage. Crews had the only RBI in the third thanks to his run-scoring double to right-center.
Parkersburg sent 10 batters to the dish in the fourth and half of them scored. Clayton Cottrille, who didn’t have an at-bat this year for Parkersburg South, got the fourth started with a pinch-hit stand-up triple to left-center. Edgar, Walters, Crews and Davis collected one run-batted-in apiece during the outburst.
Buckhannon is scheduled to return to action at 7 p.m. Monday with a nine-inning road affair versus Morgantown.